Meet the people behind Dales Automotive

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Ross Butterworth

Company Director (Father)

Ross Butterworth has worked in the Motor Trade since 1993 and has a wealth of knowledge across the industry. He manages the day to day running of the business overseeing the Sales, Service and Van Hire Departments.

Outside of work Ross enjoys spending time with his family, friends and 3 children, rallying his Mark 1 Ford Escort and enjoys outdoor activities with his family especially ski holidays.

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Nathan Darbyshire

General Manager & Sales Executive (Son)

Nathan has worked in the family business for most of his life, starting as a Saturday lad and working his way through the business over the years of being at school, college and university. Nathan joined us full time in September 2015 after finishing his degree.

Nathan deals with the sales, hire, day to day running of the business and the advertising of new & used vehicles. He makes sure all of his customers leave feeling completely satisfied. In his spare time Nathan enjoys spending time with family and friends. If he's not working he loves spending his time going rallying, surfing, skiing and anything outdoors and sporty!

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Alison Butterworth

Company Secretary (Mother)

Alison Butterworth worked in the Car Finance industry for 19 years until 2005 when she became Company Secretary for A to B and oversees all the administration/accounts for all departments.

Outside of work Alison is kept very busy looking after 3 children and their various activities. In her spare time enjoys exercising, family holidays, cooking and entertaining.

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Patrick Hoey

Service & Aftersales Manager

Patrick was brought up with motor vehicles, starting at a young Age working as a Saturday lad at a vehicle dismantlers. After leaving school Patrick went onto working at computer tune where he focused specifically at vehicle diagnostics and tuning. Computer tune was the stepping stone to allow Patrick to move on at the young age of seventeen to purchase his own garage which specialised in Subaru's and performance vehicles.

In 2014 Patrick sold his company and came to work here at A To B Vehicles / Dales Subaru, with his modus operandi being to spend more time with his young family. A To B then gained an experienced diagnostic technician and a Subaru and performance specialist, allowing us to broaden our field.

In 2015 we became a Subaru main dealer which as you can imagine gave Patrick another focus and was highly enthusiastic about the new venture. Patrick's main role within the company is Service & Aftersales manager, in addition Patrick is very much so a highly skilled & fully trained Subaru & SsangYong Technician. Outside of work Patrick enjoys spending time with family and friends, and is a huge fan of motorsport bringing more and more rally car and performance car ideas to the table.

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James Peace

Service Technician

James has been interested in cars from a very young age. In 2010 after leaving school James went onto working at a Peugeot main dealership and then onto Citroen in 2017, having served his time with two manufacturers he certainly brings a lot of knowledge to the team, especially across the two French manufacturers. In 2017 he also completed his class 4 mot tester certificate.

In march 2018 James joined us here at Dales Automotive and has become a fully trained Subaru technician and is now moving through the ranks of becoming a fully trained Ssangyong technician. James loves studying the franchises and certainly loves testing his skills Outside of work James is a keen motorcyclist and enjoys online gaming.

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Lloyd Riding

Service Technician

Lloyd has been around cars since the age of 15, leaving school at the age of 16 he went onto serving his time at a Landover specialist in his home time of colne. Having spent 7 years around landrovers he certainly brings the landrover and 4x4 experience to us here at Dales Automotive. Lloyd joined us in march 2018 and is now a fully trained Subaru technician and is working his way through to becoming a fully trained SsangYong technician. In addition, Lloyd also passed his qualification to be a class 4 mot tester last year here at Dales.

Lloyd in his spare time loves spending his time in the gym and has spent many years in the boxing ring being a semi pro boxer. However, he's yet to release that's all going to change soon with his first child on the way.

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Ian Johnson

Service Technician

Ian has over 15 year's experience as a mechanic and has been with us since September 2018. Ian has worked in independent garages until 2015 when he joined a Toyota dealership in colne and became a fully trained technician. He brings a wealth of knowledge to the team across all manufactures and since joining us Ian has started his training for both Subaru & SsangYong.

In his spare time Ian enjoys spending time with friends and family, both in the gym and on the side of the mountains snowboarding. Ian also has a soft spot for his two puppies.

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Stephen Shanahan

Vehicle Refinisher

Stephen has been with the company since 2005 and prides himself in turning out our vehicles so they are looking their best.

Stephen is no doubt one of the best vehicle refinishers in the industry and has huge amounts of pride in his work. Outside of work he enjoys spending time cycling and traveling with friends and family.